Cort Brinson has made a direct impact on his team during his freshman season at Northwestern State. In 32 games (28 starts) batting mostly in the cleanup spot in the batting order, Brinson has posted a .227 batting average with a team leading 8 doubles and two home runs. He has also scored 14 runs while ranking second on the team with 12 RBIs.
Brinson came to Northwestern State after being named the Mississippi Class 6A Player of the Year last spring. He helped lead Hattiesburg’s Oak Grove High School to a state championship and a No. 2 national ranking his senior year after batting .461 with eight home runs and 47 RBIs. He also posted a .814 slugging percentage and a .562 on-base percentage, leading one of the best high school baseball programs in the nation to a 34-3 overall record. Brinson was also the South team’s Most Valuable Player at the Mississippi Crossroads All-Star Game and made the Jackson Clarion-Ledger newspaper’s Dandy Dozen list of prospects for 2012.
He repeated as a first-team All-State selection his senior season after earning the recognition his junior year in which he batted .483 with five home runs and 43 RBIs. As a junior he was a first-team All-Area utility player, the District 8 Player of the Year, won a Baseball Factory Louisville Slugger Hitting Award, and was named Oak Grove’s best offensive player. He was included on the Mississippi Hardball Top 15 Players in the State list, and chosen for the State Games of Mississippi in 2010 and 2011. He was also a four-year starter and the first freshman to start in that high school program in the last 15 years. Oak Grove reached the state playoffs in all four of Brinson’s seasons.
Brinson was also an ESPN.com All-State choice in 2012 and stood out at the Power Showcase in Phoenix, posting the second-fastest 60-yard dash time among 80 participants and being the only one who hit an opposite field home run.